Regional: Palo Alto, Watsonville Municipal Airports to Receive FAA Grants for Improvements

August 29, 2018 Updated: August 29, 2018

Palo Alto and Watsonville municipal airports have received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve infrastructure and safety, the federal agency reported.

Watsonville will receive $1.2 million and Palo Alto will receive $11.05 million, according to the FAA. At Watsonville, the money will be distributed between runway repairs, airfield guidance signs, taxiway repairs and the installation of a runway guidance system.

Palo Alto will use the grant to reconstruct an apron, the area where planes park, unload passengers and refuel.

FAA Secretary Elaine Chao said the grants will help the airports to “better serve the flying public,” in addition to strengthening the cities’ economies and workforces.

Earlier this year, Mineta San Jose International Airport, Oakland International Airport, Napa County Airport and Nut Tree Airport in Solano County received millions in FAA grants to conduct various repairs and renovations.

The airports are eligible for the improvement grants based on traffic and project requirements. FAA officials said they provide supplemental funding based on need.

By Supriya Yelimeli.